Freshman Hansson Wins Three Races As USC Opens With Win At WSU

    Sophomore Hanni Leach won both the 100y and 200y back on Friday in Pullman, Wash.
    Sept. 30, 2016

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    Freshman Louise Hansson won three events in her Trojan debut meet while sophomores Hanni Leach and Elizabeth Stinson were also double winners as the USC women’s swimming and diving team – the 2016 Pac-12 champion -- captured its season opener at Washington State, 161-96, on Friday (Sept. 30) in Pullman, Wash.

    Hansson, who represented Sweden in the 2016 Olympics, won the 200y free, 100y fly and the 200y IM to lead USC while Leach swept the 100y and 200y back and Stinson won the 500y and 1000y free.

    Hansson led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200y free with a 1:50.18 as freshman Tatum Wade touched second (1:50.68) and sophomore Allie Wooden took third (1:54.02).

    Hansson just missed an NCAA ‘B’ cut in the 100y fly, winning in 54.66 while freshman Catherine Sanchez was second (55.74). Hansson completed her trio of wins with a 2:02.64 to claim the 200y IM as fellow freshmen Wade finished second (2:03.22).

    Leach posted a pool record win in the 100y back (54.61). Her time, as well as senior Anika Apostalon’s second-place 54.97, were both NCAA B cuts. Freshman Abby Miller was third (58.72). Leach won again in the 200y back with a 2:00.18 while Miller was third (2:07.16).

    Stinson, the 2016 Pac-12 champ in the mile, won the 1000y free tonight with a 10:19.78 while freshman Becca Mann was third (10:25.77). Stinson later claimed the 500y free in 5:02.29 with sophomore Sydney Lofquist third (5:09.11).

    Apostalon dropped a pool record and another NCAA ‘B’ cut with a 49.92 to win the 100y free while freshman Stanzi Moseley was second (51.12).

    Moseley won her first career race with a 50y free sprint in 23.67, Sanchez touched first to win the 200y fly (2:01.72) and seniors Kelsey Kafka (2:19.86) and Riley Hayward (2:21.23) went 1-3 in the 200y breast.

    The Trojans also won both relays. The quartet of Leach, Kafka, Lily Dubroff and Apostalon won the 200y medley relay in 1:42.65 and the foursome of Toris, Sanchez, Stinson and Moseley out-dueled teammates Leach, Dubroff, Miller and Apostalon, 3:31.82 to 3:31.87.

    USC returns to action Oct 14-15 at the SMU Classic in Lewisville, Texas.